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31st July 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Step Up Operations in the North, ISAF Buries Head in Sand

Bill Roggio

Last September, President Barack Obama claimed that the US-led military effort had "broken the Taliban's momentum in Afghanistan, and begun...

2nd July 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Launch Suicide Assault Outside Base in Kabul

Bill Roggio

The Taliban claimed credit for today's early morning suicide assault that targeted a base in eastern Kabul and killed seven people. A small suicide assault team...

23rd June 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban’s Shadow Governor for Nuristan Again Reported Killed in Airstrike

Bill Roggio

Afghan officials are again reporting that Sheikh Dost Mohammed, the Taliban's shadow governor for Nuristan province, has been killed in a US drone strike in Kunar province.

15th June 2013 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Facilitator Targeted in Eastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio, Patrick Megahan

Coalition and Afghan special operations forces targeted an al Qaeda facilitator in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar yesterday. He is the ninth al Qaeda operative...

11th June 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Launch Suicide Assaults in Kabul, Qalat

Bill Roggio

The Taliban launched two suicide assaults in Afghanistan today, one at the international airport in Kabul, and another in the capital of the southeastern province of Zabul.

8th June 2013 - The Long War Journal

Afghan Soldiers Kill 2 ISAF Troops, Civilian in Latest Insider Attack

Bill Roggio

Afghan soldiers opened fire on US troops in eastern Afghanistan today, killing two US soldiers and a civilian, and wounding three other Americans. The attack took place...

17th May 2013 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Targets al Qaeda Facilitator in Eastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio, Patrick Megahan

During a raid in Nuristan province on May 15, Afghan and Coalition special operations forces targeted a senior Taliban leader who is known to assist members of al Qaeda in Afghanistan...

10th May 2013 - The Long War Journal

‘Iranian Citizens’ Reported Killed in ISAF Airstrike

Bill Roggio

Last week, Afghan news outlets reported that ISAF aircraft killed a Taliban commander, two "Iranian citizens," and several fighters in an airstrike in the Pusht Rod district...

8th May 2013 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Launches Multiple Raids Against IMU as Fighting Season Heats Up

Patrick Megahan

Since the beginning of May, Afghan and Coalition forces have launched five operations targeting the al Qaeda-linked Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan in the northern province of Baghlan.

5th May 2013 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Kills 2 ‘Arab’-Linked Commanders in Nuristan

Bill Roggio

Coalition and Afghan forces killed two "Arab"-linked insurgent commanders, a wanted Saudi and an Afghan, during two separate raids in the Waygal district of Nuristan province...

4th May 2013 - The Long War Journal

Afghan Soldier Kills 2 ISAF Troops in Latest Green-on-Blue Attack

Bill Roggio

An Afghan soldier killed two NATO troops in an attack in western Afghanistan today. The attack is the sixth green-on-blue, or insider attack, in which Afghan security...

2nd May 2013 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Targets ‘Insurgent Leader’ Linked to Haqqanis, Pakistani Taliban, and ‘Arabs’

Bill Roggio

Coalition and Afghan special operations forces targeted a "senior insurgent leader" with links to the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, the Haqqani Network, and "Arabs" operating...

1st May 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Assassinate Member of Afghan High Peace Council

Bill Roggio

The Taliban assassinated a member of the Afghan High Peace Council in a complex ambush in Helmand province today. The Taliban have now assassinated three senior members...

30th April 2013 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Focusing Efforts Against IMU in Baghlan District

Patrick Megahan

Afghan and Coalition forces continued operations against the al Qaeda-linked Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) during a raid on April 28 in northern Afghanistan. The raid successfully...

29th April 2013 - The Long War Journal

Haqqani Network’s Taj Mir Jawad Subgroup Targeted in Raid

Bill Roggio

Coalition and Afghan special operations forces targeted "a high-profile attack facilitator" for the Taj Mir Jawad Network during a raid in eastern Afghanistan yesterday. Taj Mir Jawad...

27th April 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Promise Suicide Assaults, ‘Insider Attacks’ in This Year’s Spring Offensive

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban announced that this year's spring offensive would begin on April 28 and would focus on suicide assaults on Coalition installations, as well as "insider attacks"...

25th April 2013 - National Review Online

The Syrian Conundrum

Clifford D. May

President Obama warned the Assad regime not to use chemical weapons against the rebels. To do so, he said, would be to cross a “red line.” So now that it’s been crossed the consequences are . . . unclear.

22nd April 2013 - The Tower

Has Turkey Betrayed the West?

On January 25 of this year, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan made a stunning but widely overlooked announcement: His government was interested in joining the Shanghai...

20th April 2013 - Cited by Rajiv Chandrasekaran, The Washington Post

Reduced Security Blamed for Taliban Attack

Bill Roggio

The Taliban fighters who blew up a half-dozen U.S. Marine fighter jets on a sprawling NATO base last fall were able to walk easily onto the encampment because patrols of the perimeter...

19th April 2013 - The Long War Journal

Senior IMU Leader Targeted in Samangan Province

Patrick Megahan

Afghan and Coalition special operation forces conducted a raid targeting a senior leader for the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) two days ago in northern Afghanistan. This is the 19th operation targeting...

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